Your dog may have that amazing ability to keep their coats clean, but that doesn't mean they don't need any help with brushing. It's absolutely important to include brushing your dog's fur as part of his daily habit. By regularly brushing your dog's coat, his natural oil will be distributed better to make his coat clean and healthy. Brushing will also remove your dog's dead hair and dry skin. You can also tell if your dog has health issues by their coat, whether it's matted, dry, tangled, or oily. You might even find fleas, ticks, cuts, or anything unusual with your dog if you brush him regularly. Besides, don't you want to see less of your dog's hair from your favorite couch or black pants?
However, brushing your dog's coat isn't as simple as it sounds. That's why we put together some common questions and answers to get you started with brushing your dog's coat.
How often should you brush your dog's fur?
You already know that you're supposed to brush your dog's coat regularly, but exactly how often should you do it? No matter the length of your dog's coat, you should be able to brush your dog's coat often, around twice a week. You can ramp it up to thrice a week if you have a specific purpose, like removing hair mats of helping them shed their seasonal coat.
Does the breed of my dog matter?
All dogs need to be brushed, no matter what their breed is, some more often than others. For instance, breeds with long hair, like Tibetan Terriers and Collie, have to at least be brushed weekly, especially if their coat easily gets tangled. For long-haired breeds, you might want to use a pin brush, with bent-wire bristles that grip the undercoat and painlessly removes loose hairs.
On the other hand, dogs with short coats, like Greyhounds or Labrador Retrievers, don't need to be brushed as frequently as short-coated dogs. Brushing them once a week with a hound glove or a rubber brush, should be sufficient to remove loose hair and dirt. You can also use the usual brushes, as long as they have natural bristles or bent metal pins on them. You can use a soft-bristle brush after to distribute their natural oils.
Lastly, breeds with short, wiry hair will need a slicker brush, and then a metal comb. You can also use a stripping knife to remove the dead hair. When in doubt, it's always best to consult a specialist who is an expert in brushing Dachshunds and Terriers, among other short-haired breeds.
How do you start brushing your dog's fur?
Perhaps what you're wondering most about is how to brush your dog. The steps are rather simple, yet many people don't know how to brush their dogs and often hurt them. To take care of your dog, here are the steps you can take:
1. Always go with the flow. Remember to brush in the direction of the coat, and never against. Brushing backwards will hurt and irritate your dog.
2. Don't go rough on your dog. Another mistake you don't want to make is to rabidly brush your dog's coat too eagerly and roughly, causing them to tangle even more.
3. Solve tangles and mats with a coat conditioners or a mat spray. A brush isn't the solution to your dog's tangled coat. Instead, you should apply a mat spray or a coat condition, leaving it on after several minutes. Then you can use a wide-toothed comb or a mat-splitting tool to work your way through the tangle. If, however, the mats are too close to your dog's skin, you can cut them out very carefully scissors. We cannot emphasize how important it is for you to be very carefully, lest you bring your dog to the vet for stitches.
At the end of the day, taking care of your dog should be a fun bonding activity for you and your dog. As for indulging in these activities, from combing your dog’s fur to exercising together with your dog, the fun starts with getting the right grooming supplies for dogs.
So what are you waiting for? It’s time to start the fun!